by Karen Mehall Phillips - Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Remember the recent story we posted about how hunters are contributing $1.1 billion to U.S. wildlife conservation in 2016 alone?
Our collective economic impact doesn't end there. The latest scoop on what visiting hunters spend in Africa is $426 million annually according to a new study from market research firm Southwick Associates (SA). The report—“The Economic Contributions of Hunting-Related Tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa"—researched hunters' total economic contributions between 2012 and 2014 in the top eight African hunting destinations: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. The findings? For starters, American hunters led the charge with the total number of visiting hunters worldwide exceeding 18,000 accounting for 53,000-plus jobs. Once again, hunting takes center stage as a driving force in wildlife conservation and in the growth of local economies.
For more on the study, which is so impressive that Bloomberg Economics covered it earlier this month, check out these five facts:
For more information on the study, click on the links below:
- Southwick Associates Full Report
- SCI Foundation - The Conservation Equation in Africa
- Bloomberg Economics Full Article
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